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Lesson 1: Speed Picking To shred like Buckethead, you need to be able to pick fast and accurately. In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like. Learn & play tab for lead guitar with free online tab player, speed control and loop. Download original Guitar Pro tab.

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Each tremolo picked note should be played for the oesson amount of time as it takes you to play all the other notes in the phrase, before you hit the next tremolo picked note. Anyway, here’s a little sequence to practice using your index and middle finger to tap.

This is a good example of a Buckethead-like lick using alternate picking, based around the E minor pentatonic scale: It’s even better when they actually have the skills to validate that fame, and the subject of this edition of my Habits of Alternate Picking Practicaly all of Bucketheads speed when he lets rip in a solo is alternate picking.

All these examples are played using a bridge humbucker pick-up and a compresser ideally. Try muting with the fret hand, or use a Noisegate if you’ve got one. However, play it however feels comfortable to you.

If you don’t, your shred will not be as good as it could be – when you’re playing a solo, you need to be able to speed up and slow down smoothly. You have to tip your hat or bucket to people who are known by one name.


Descending licks sound faster than ascending ones. Most importantly, try not to wear a bucket on your head, because I tried it, and it’s really hard to play guitar that way. In the exercises, when tremolo picking is used, I’ve shown it by putting ‘tr’ above the note.

Buckethead lesson tab? |

I can’t show this in tab, but I’ll explain it. And we don’t want anyone losing any arms Tremolo Tap A simple but cool idea to end your tapping display. Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music is Win.

This is a moveable pattern – move it up and down the neck and strings to create a kinda robotic blur. This buckehhead help you get used to the fast wrist action. There is already a great lesson with pictures on this site showing how to do the infamous ‘6-finger’ tap, so I’ll leave that out. You should pick fast the same as how you pick slow.


However, slide up the neck while doing it, so each one of the phrases is only played once. I made it up completly at random one day and it sounds kinda cool, so I’ve included it in this lesson.

Make sure you’re moving your hand, not your whole arm. Now, put the last 3 exercises together to create this psycho-speed Buckethead-like lick, and remember, strict alternate picking throughout. Then, I use my index finger to tap the A string and my ring finger to tap the B string.


Remember, this is just an example, extend it and play around with it Simply tap a fret, pull-off, then hammer on with the fret hand, in the classic Van Halen style.

Buckethead lesson tab?

In this lesson, I’ll show you several Buckethead-like exercises, and then put them all together to make a cool lick in the style of Buckethead. This sounds really frenzied.

However, I have made a few licks and exercises to help you come close to recreating the Buckethead style. For it to work properly, I hold my pick arched inside my middle finger, like I discussed in my lesson on holding picks when tapping.

You can’t get any faster than tremolo picking on one note. Hope this helps you: Ascending Lick A classic ascending ie: Sliding Taps This one rules!

This is difficult to show as a tab His three-note-per-string approach is something that’s glaringly important in his phrasing—and something I examine in my Guitar Super System course, so be sure to sign up if you want to learn more. Be careful to advoid unwanted string noise because of the string bufkethead.